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Keith Graham
Keith Graham has joined the School for Health sports physiotherapy team Photograph: Tim Gander

Press Release - 25 September 2008

Former Bath Rugby physio joins premiership teaching team at the University

Keith Graham, former physiotherapist with Bath Rugby, has joined the University of Bath’s teaching team on the innovative MSc in Sports Physiotherapy.

Keith had been working with the local premiership rugby side since 2006, joining them after working as a frontline practitioner in Accident & Emergency departments in Edinburgh and Chester. He has previously worked with England’s elite boxing squad for five years and has attended two World University Games as Headquarters Physiotherapist to Team GB.

Keith has now joined the University in a dual role: working in the Sports Injury Clinic with elite and recreational athletes to overcome their injuries and return to fitness; and working within the School for Health with trained physiotherapists to help them become experts in sports physiotherapy.

He said: “Working with Bath Rugby and other elite athletes means that I have seen the impact that physiotherapy can have on sporting performance. It’s great to be able to explore the most up to date techniques in sports science and medicine with our MSc students and in practice.”

Keith worked alongside the Bath Rugby’s Head of Sports Medicine, Dr Julian Widdowson, a graduate of the University’s MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine. Julian said: “The postgraduate course in Sport & Exercise Medicine gave me as a doctor the specific skills and confidence to work in such a specialist field.

“In the same way the Sports Physiotherapy course enables trained physiotherapists to apply their knowledge to all types of athletes and by learning from tutors such as Keith, they can understand what goes on in an elite sporting environment.”

Keith joins the team in time for the new cohort of 33 students to embark on the part-time course, which is delivered by the University’s School for Health and the Department of Sports Development & Recreation. The course was launched last year.

Ben Macdonald, a physiotherapist for Worcester premiership rugby team, is starting his second year of the course. He said: “The online MSc Sports Physiotherapy has been excellent for combining my job at Worcester Rugby club whilst completing an MSc.

“It has allowed me to structure my studying around my job, and means I am able to use what I learn immediately, which makes it far more meaningful to me."

The Sports Physiotherapy programme is delivered by a unique combination of online distance learning with an annual clinical teaching week at the University of Bath. Students can take the masters level programme to gain PG Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualifications. Cohorts commence in the autumn each year.

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